Nicole Briscoe is the host of NASCAR Countdown, the pre-race studio program that airs prior to all NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series race telecasts on ESPN networks. She also is a host and reporter for NASCAR Now, ESPN’s daily NASCAR news and information show. She joined ESPN in 2008 as Nicole Manske, prior to her 2009 marriage to IndyCar Series driver Ryan Briscoe. She worked for two years as co-host of a motorsports news program on the SPEED Channel. Previously, she was a sports reporter at WISH-TV, in Indianapolis, where she was first exposed to auto racing through covering the Indianapolis 500. She also covered the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers and college basketball in her first on-air sports position. She later worked as a pit reporter on the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 as well as IndyCar Series race broadcasts before joining SPEED in July, 2006.